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Apple Supplier Unimicron Resumes Some Work in Kunshan

Unimicron said one plant had resumed production under a “closed loop management” system, while the other would remain shut to comply with Covid curbs


Unimicron said one plant had resumed some production under a “closed-loop management” system that keeps workers isolated inside. Photo: Unimicron Kunshan.

 

Apple supplier and Taiwanese firm Unimicron Technology Corporation said on Thursday that it has partially resumed production at one of its two plants in the locked-down eastern China city of Kunshan.

Unimicron said one plant had resumed some production under a “closed-loop management” system that keeps workers isolated inside, while the other would remain closed to comply with Covid-19 curbs.

A company representative said it was difficult to estimate current production capacity, but it was “not high”.

A chip substrate and printed circuit board maker that supplies Apple and Intel, Unimicron plans to keep one plant running under the closed-loop system until next Wednesday.

Most of Unimicron’s manufacturing capacity is in Taiwan but it also has other plants in China, Germany and Japan.

China has put Shanghai under a tight lockdown since late March and neighbouring Kunshan has also tightened curbs to control the country’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak since the coronavirus was discovered in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan.

That had caused dozens of Taiwanese firms, many making parts for the semiconductor and electronics industries, to suspend operations.

Unimicron’s shares were down 1% on Thursday morning, while the broader index was flat.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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